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Griffin Technology GC30014 Helo TC Assault Touch-Controlled Helicopter

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  • Control from your iOS or Android device with the HELO TC app
  • Features twin missile launchers and 6 Redeye missiles
  • Use joystick controls on the multi-touch display, or tilt your iOS device to fly
  • Control the chopper's super-bright onboard LED
  • HELO TC is AppPowered
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

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Enjoy hours of fun with the Griffin Technology, Helo TC Touch-Controlled Helicopter. Instead of a traditional controller, you can pilot this craft and even fire missiles with your iPhone or Android smartphone. Download the free app to record and store up to three flight plans. You can even steer and guide the helicopter by tilting your iOS device. This remote-controlled helicopter features spring-loaded missiles in its two launchers that give you the tactical edge whenever you fly, and a super-bright LED that you can control from the app. Pilots can make up routes among the furniture, missions to fly, obstacles to avoid and goals to achieve. This indoor helicopter will delight all ages. For best results, use full volume output on your iOS device. This device is recommended for indoor use only.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Griffin Technology
Item Weight 7 ounces
Product Dimensions 7 x 9.5 x 3.2 inches
Item model number GC30014
Batteries 4 AAA batteries required.
Color Assault
Number of Items 1
Size Griffin
Manufacturer Part Number GC30014

Additional Information

ASIN B007NIW77G
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2.0 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #173,117 in Office Products (See top 100)
#67,153 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys
Shipping Weight 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available March 23, 2012

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I think this is one of the better mini helicopters I've owned in years. I'm a RC helicopter aficionado, I own many different types, including a 7-channel acrobatic helicopter. For a 3.5 channel mini helicopter controled by a smartphone, this one is pretty neat. I'm amazed at how much auto-control and digital gyroscope technologies have advanced in the past couple of years, to the point that you can now enable these helicopters to fly pretty much in 'auto-pilot' (as far as the throttle is concerned). Obviously as with any other battery driven RC helicopter, as the battery charge is drained the more unstable the helicopter becomes and the more input from the pilot is necessary.

Here is what I've experienced so far:

- 1 star: I first used it with my old iPhone 3GS, there is a long delay between input and reaction (about 1sec), which makes it a bit more difficult to fly it with precision. I haven't hard-reset my iPhone for the past 6 months, so this could also play a factor.
- 2 stars: With my iPhone 4G the control was so much smoother - there was still a slight delay, but it was minimum; The helicopter was so much easier to control, I could go around my living room and up to the second floor. (I haven't try it with my iPad3 yet, but I would think the fly control would be just as smooth as with the iPhone 4G, with the exception of having a bulkier/heavier 'remote control').
- 3 stars: The construction is of very good quality, it has had some serious crashes, including an almost free fall when hitting my high-raise ceiling @ ~25ft (my 2.5yr old son was playing with it); the projectiles were launched when it hit the floor, but that was it, no other damage.
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I got one! Lots of fun but it does take some time getting use to the reaction of the controls since you can't feel them on a touch screen. And, as the battery wears down, the reaction to the controls change a little.

Package comes with extra missiles, blades and a "dogbone" that needs to be installed but isn't mentioned in the setup instructions. Its easy to figure out if you look at the blade shaft because one dogbone is already installed. The instructions are adequate. You'll also need 4 'AAA' batteries for the docking station.

It takes 35 mins to charge the battery after it runs down, Fully charged you'll get about 10-12 mins of flying time. You can tell when the battery is dying 'cuz it'll start to auto-gyrate, or fly backwards, or won't lift off very high. The bird's battery is fully charged when the Red Light comes on the translucent USB connector. It was somewhat charged from the factory because the light came on pretty quickly the first time I tried the charger.

The required free app, HELO TC, that you must download has two modes, Learn and Expert. It starts you out in Learn mode. You'll barely get the copter off the ground in that mode but its an excellent time to try out all the controls.

After 10 or 20 "flights" the app will say "Expert Mode Unlocked." Now, you'll be able to go to Settings and set Expert mode on but watch out, this thing will be totally active!

The TRIM feature works great. It'll keep the bird from drifting right or left.

I've only tried to program one run without great success. One problem is, you are not in control once you start the program, you can't land the bird or do anything until the program runs its course.
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I purchased 4 of these helicopters. 2 worked great. The other 2 didn't. 1 wouldn't hold a charge and 1 wouldn't fly. The seller referred me to Griffin which promptly replace the 2 non-working copters. However the replacements just spin in circles and won't take off.
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Many of the guys at my husband's office had older versions of these and my hubby was a bit jealous and wanted one too... perfect birthday gift for him.

The Cons-

It takes a while to get it calibrated to get it to fly and be controllable. Once my husband tweaked with it for a while, it flys well inside, but not outside as it does not have the power to combat the slightest breeze. Don't expect a child to get this calibrated initially on their own.

Battery life only runs for 5 to 10 minutes, but this is pretty typical.

The Pros-

For the price- my husband has had hours of enjoyment with it and now his brother is jealous.

The missiles are fun to shoot at the boss and although not the most accurate, it doesn't do to bad either.

Fun cat toy, my bengal chases this thing around the house and gets excited everytime he hears the motor turn on.

More durable than you would guess. Although I wouldn't imagine this would last long with a child, it has stood up to many floor and wall crashes, let alone cat tackles.

For the price and entertainment, this was a good buy even though the controls were tricky at first and I wouldn't suggest this for anyone younger than a teen... unless you like to throw away money and have a disappointed kid.
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